Episode Thirty – Debra Magpie Earling and James Welch


This episode pairs one of the most esteemed Native American authors of our time with a writer who started writing because of his influence and guidance. Debra Magpie Earling took her very first writing class from James Welch at the University of Washington, and would later study with him again at Cornell. Earling’s debut novel Perma Red made a huge impression on the literary community when it came out in 2002, but it has been out of print for many years. Thankfully, Milkweed Editions has just issued a beautiful new version of the book.



And we will also talk about Welch’s novel Indian Lawyer, which served as a bit of a departure from the themes that he covered in most of his work. We will also talk about the first Native American Lit Festival that just took place in Missoula in July 2022, and is named after Mr. Welch.










We’d like to thank our sponsor Isle of Books, which now has a new location in Bozeman, as well as a location in Butte. And we are grateful to the Montana Arts Council for providing us with an American Rescue Plan Act grant.



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